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The Important Second Interview


Congratulations you not only survived the first interview, but totally smashed it! But now what?

The second interview is when the work really begins! The first interview was to see if there was a connection… the interviewer liked you, you’re a good fit for the company and for the team..but can you really do the job, and can they seem themselves working alongside you every day? This is what your interviewer will want to find out from the second meeting and so the questions will probably be mostly competency based. Here are 5 tips to ensure you’re as prepared as you can be!

Learn from the first!

Have an internal debrief about the first interview, make some notes on what went well, what didn’t go so well, what did you stumble on, what did you particularly connect with the interviewer about? The latter will help you build a rapport with the interviewer for the second time. What did you want to ask, but forgot? Are there areas you were asked about that you faltered on? What do you need to spend more time on?

Research Research Research!

Try and find out who will be interviewing you in the second round and check out the panel on Twitter and LinkedIn, read up on their career backgrounds, their viewpoints and anything worth remembering, get to know them as well as you can, because you can be sure that they’ve done the same to you!

It goes without saying to research the role and company further. Gain as much information as you possibly can about the company, who their competitors are, what their financial position is, what are their Unique Selling Points, what do you like about the company, what makes you want to work there? If you show you have done your research you will be demonstrating genuine interest, rather than just going through the motions.

Why should they hire YOU?

Sell yourself! Be prepared with examples and instances of times in past jobs where you’ve really added something positive to the job. Really sell these to the interviewer, embellish them if need be, but be truthful with your answers, the last thing you want is to be caught out!

You’re always being evaluated!

Don’t forget that from the moment you arrive at the interview, from waiting in reception through to leaving the building, you’re being evaluated! Perhaps they’re taking you out for lunch as part of the interview process (stop at one glass of wine!), don’t let your guard down. Perhaps you’ve built a great rapport with your interviewer and you’ve been chatting for some time, it’s felt less of an interview and more of a catch-up! Stay professional, remember that it is still an interview, even if it may not feel like it!

Ask questions!

Prepare some thoughtful and original questions to ask at the end of the interview. Don’t just ask questions for the sake of asking them, be genuine, remember this is also a chance to see if they’re the right fit for YOU, not just the other way round! If you haven’t thought through some smart questions before the interview you might just come across as disinterested. Prepare at least two questions that show that you want to excel in the role and that you’ve done your homework –you’ve researched the company, the role, the industry.)


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